Regent Hall’s carol concert is arguably one of the most exciting events on its calendar. It has been so popular that there are two performances, both attended by near-capacity audiences. Concerts for 2013 were held on 15 December.
The concert began in sparkling style, with timbrelists situated around the hall and on the stage performed a routine to the old faithful Christmas march Christmas Joy (Erik Leidzén). This set the scene for an evening of contrasts. “Raising the roof” congregational singing was accompanied by the band and enhanced by David Willcocks’ wonderful descants. Other participants included the Regent Hall junior and senior sections, the Worship Group, vocalist Nick Hampton, and the newly-formed Community Gospel Choir (making its debut).
Last, but certainly not least, were the Under-Sevens, who proudly marched out in their Nativity costumes to the strains of Three Kings Swing. Kaelan Hooper led with his pBone trombone with Anna Sharman on trumpet.
The Community Gospel Choir, which has only been rehearsing for a few months, is comprised of people working in the area, people from the homeless unit administered by the corps and a few of the corps members. A combination of joyful and abandoned singing and enthusiasm had the entire audience clapping along with the choir’s second item.
Christmas ia a time of celebration and joy, behind which is the simple truth of the birth of Jesus. This was reinforced in the items presented by the Worship Group and by Nick Hampton’s moving solo, When He Was Born, together with appropriate readings from Scripture.
In his message, Major George Mizon told the story of a London bus conductor who, on a foggy Christmas Eve, instructed passengers to “make way for the woman with the baby.” He used this illustration to challenge those present to make room for Jesus in their lives. His words were complemented by the Songsters’ beautiful singing of It’s Simply Jesus.
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